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Showers cool city
Charu Chhiber
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 9
The early morning showers in the city today gave the people a much-needed respite from the long dry spell and hot and humid weather conditions.

Bringing down the day temperatures considerably, the showers that continued for over two hours brought life back to the city with residents coming out on the streets to enjoy these.

While the maximum temperature today was 36 degrees Celsius, the minimum hovered around 30 degrees.

Even the flora and fauna which had sagged due to immense heat and high temperatures prevailing over the last one week, came back to life with the showers.

Dr G S Bains, head, department of agrometeorology, Punjab Agriculture University, told that the rainfall was recorded at 25.4 mm. The region is likely to experience more rain in the next 24 hours. 

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Australian Dream III
Contract marriage a tool for going abroad 
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 9
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), which is mandatory for admission in some foreign universities, has become a tool for carrying along prospective brides and grooms.

The brides and grooms all over the state are endeavouring in finding a right match for their Australian dreams.

In case a candidate has cleared his IELTS and is going abroad, the candidate can take along his bride or groom.

Interestingly, travel agents are carrying out extensive research in getting data for their prospective market of the successful IELTS candidates. The agents are getting a fat share in finding "new and legal techniques" for travel to the foreign lands.

IELTS-pass girl or boy is in demand. A majority of these alliances give an upper hand to the girl's family with the prospective groom promising to bear the entire expenditure.

The marriage is more often a mere contract. The bride and groom part their ways after getting a permanent residency (PR) in Australia.

Darshan Singh, father of an aspirant, wishing to travel to Australia, said "Punjabis are very resourceful. They always find innovative ways to travel abroad. For ages, hundreds of youth have attempted and a large number succeeded in settling abroad. Using IELTS, merely as tool, was not illegal at all. Such brazen desire of moving to foreign shores may seem strange, but, in reality, it is the new-found Punjabi ingenuity that has found newer and legal ways of emigrating to Australia."

Marriages in this special category are solemnised in a planned manner. “Even the marriage ‘baraatis’ are hired on Rs 500 per person for each marriage. They are hired to prepare a fake marriage album”, he added. “We are five sisters and my three elder sisters got married on contract, the only condition was IELTS certificate. As all of us are not good in English, we hired an agent who arranged girls who appeared on behalf of my sisters in the IELTS examination. Now, my sisters are settled in Australia and are happily working at a food joint and a grocery store, owned by a Punjabi family in Sydney,” said a 22-year-old girl from Noormahal, who is also planning to appear for IELTS.

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Shock Treatment
PSEB snaps supply to malls, showrooms after 7.30 pm
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, July 9
Reeling under severe power crisis, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has decided to snap power supply to all commercial establishments, including shopping malls and showrooms, after the closure time fixed by the authorities.

With the commercial sector showing reluctance to voluntarily adhere to the stipulated closing time of 7.30 pm fixed due to power crisis, the PSEB authorities have issued directions to the respective sub-divisions to shut down all independent feeders supplying power to commercial areas from 7.30 pm to 11 pm.

The commercial establishments that do not have independent feeders have also been asked to follow the closure time. In case of non-compliance, the defaulting consumers will be imposed a heavy penalty along with penal action like disconnection of power supply.

Similarly, feeders with predominantly commercial customer base in the city will remain closed from 7.30 pm to 9 pm in order to ensure that all the commercial establishments observe closing time and do not consume power during peak hours.

Deputy Chief Engineer (City East circle) HS Randhawa told The Tribune that repeated pleas made by the PSEB to the trade and commerce associations to adhere to the closing time of 7.30 pm fell on deaf ears. “In the absence of voluntary compliance, we are left with no option but to shut down the feeders serving commercial areas from the sub-stations at the stipulated closing time.”

On Wednesday evening, feeders of Chaura Bazaar, City Kotwali, Mall Road, Calibre Plaza (AC Market), West End Mall and others providing power supply to commercial establishments, were closed at 7.30 pm. Supply was restored at 9 pm to those feeders which had domestic consumers along with commercial establishments, while feeders in commercial areas remained closed till 11 pm.

Randhawa said the PSEB field staff and the supervisory officers had also been asked to go around in their respective areas to make sure that the directions to switch off electrical signboards at 10 pm were followed in letter and sprit. Close liaison was also being maintained with the civic body to make them switch off all streetlights at 11 pm till the power shortage prevails, he added. 

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9- year-old boy feared drowned
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 9
A nine- year- old boy is feared to have drowned in Sidhwan Canal near Jawadi here today.

The boy has been identified as Vicky, who came with his mother Sunita from Morinda, to live with his maternal grandparents in Ambedkar Nagar.

The incident took place this afternoon when the boy was swimming in the canal.

Following his sudden disappearance, his friends and other people who were swimming along with him tried frantically to locate the boy, but in vain.

Till the reports last came in the boy could not be located. Police has been informed about the incident.

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Despite order, schools open

Ludhiana, July 9
Despite orders of the Deputy Commissioner, private schools remained open today. Vikas Garg, District Magistrate, Ludhiana, passed an order under Section 144 that all government, private, recognised, non-recognized, CBSE and ICSE schools in the district would remain closed up to July 12.

Inquiries made by The Tribune revealed that government schools remained closed whereas the CBSE-affiliated schools were functioning normally. DAV Public School and Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, suspended the primary classes and regular classes were held for Class VI to Class XII, but from today, they have closed the school till July 12.

R.S. Patial, Principal, DAV Public School, said 60 per cent students came from working families and 40 per cent from business families. The working parents wanted their wards to come to the school irrespective of the weather conditions. They felt that their wards were more safe in the schools.

Greenland Schools and KVM School managements have decided to continue studies despite the orders of the Deputy Commissioner.

Rajesh Rudra, director, Greenland Schools, said they were to open the school on July 1 but the vacations were extended by one week because of severe hot weather and the school was reopened on July 8.

Date-sheet had already been given to students one-and-a-half month back. The house tests are going to start on July 12. They have adequate arrangements of gensets and diesel worth Rs 25,000 is being used daily in all five branches of the school.

The managements of Delhi Public School, Ryan International School and Sat Paul Mittal School have closed their institutions till July 12.

D.P.Guleria, Principal, BCM School, Chandigarh road, said their school would reopen on July 16 as the weather was not conducive.

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Exploitation slur on manager
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 9
Raising their voice against injustice at work place has cost two female employees of a super store their jobs.

The girls, working at the superstore, had levelled serious allegations of exploitation against their human resource manager. Following the complaint, the girls were allegedly asked to quit their jobs by the company management.

The girls, who were working at a superstore situated in Goverdhan City Center, today filed a written complaint with SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill against their manager.

Later, they lodged their protest on the premises of the superstore and demanded stern action against the HR manager.

The girls alleged that taking advantage of his position, the manager used to pass objectionable remarks on them as well as other staff members. Narrating one such incident, the girls said during a survey conducted by the company last month, the manager had allegedly abused and insulted them in front of entire staff.

The girls said they complained to the authorities about the alleged sexual advances made by the manager. However, the company authorities failed to take action against him.

The complainants alleged that later the manager forcefully made them sign their resignation letters.

Meanwhile, the superstore authorities have termed the allegations as baseless.

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PAU Notes
Move to set up wheat resource centre
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 9
In a brainstorming session on “Emerging Technologies to Complement Plant Breeding” held in the department of plant breeding and genetics, PAU, the challenges and opportunities in the face of crop improvement through plant breeding were discussed among scientists from different disciplines. It was held under the chairmanship of Dr Manjit Singh Kang, Vice-Chancellor, PAU.

Dr BS Ahloowalia, ex-consultant, FAO/ IAEA, Vienna, was the guest of honour.

According to Dr Gosal, additional director of research (agriculture), a proposal of setting up of wheat resource centre and germ plasm collection unit at the PAU were mooted.

It was decided to collect sugarcane and maize hybrids from the SBI, Coimbatore, for their evaluation for fodder purpose.

Collection of banana germ plasm from Malaysia in consideration with the NBPGR, New Delhi, was highlighted in the session. It was decided to introduce and popularise native species like jamun in Punjab. In vegetables, collection of land races of wild cucumber, melon and other species carrying resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses was highlighted.

Dr Ahloowalia suggested that the PAU students coming from villages could play an important role in bringing germ plasm of native species from their areas for plantation in the PAU fields. He said this would help to maintain bio-diversity on the campus for academic as well as research purpose.

A sub-committee to look into and implement these recommendations would be constituted, he said.

Training: A one-day training programme on drip irrigation was organised by the department of soil and water engineering, PAU, at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Bathinda, yesterday. As many as 35 farmers participated in the programme. They were familiarised on various aspects of drip irrigation system, its maintenance, its use in vegetables and fruit crops. They also interacted with the experts from the university as well as with the officers of the department of soil conservation, Punjab.

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Non-pasteurised milk can cause TB: Experts 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 9
The failure of the government to form a clear-cut policy to control/treat tuberculosis (TB) in animals has led to spread of the disease in humans.

Non-pasteurised milk is the most common carrier of this infection as mycobacterium is the main cause of tuberculosis in bovine animals, which is transmitted to humans through infected milk and milk products.

Medical experts and veterinarians have expressed concern over scenario in India, having one-fifth of the total tuberculosis cases in the world, causing death to 1,000 people every day.

The experts also deliberated on the difficulties in the way of controlling the disease during a seminar organised by the Vets Club, Ludhiana, Indian Medical Association, College of Veterinary Science (GADVASU) and the Department of Animal Husbandry, Punjab, on the World Zoonosis Day.

Pointing towards the gravity of situation, Dr JPS Gill, head, veterinary, at the department of Public Health, GADVASU, said a large number of cattle diagnosed positive for TB is not treated but is put on sale by the dairy farmers that endangers the lives of hundreds. The prolonged treatment of six-eight months is expensive for the small dairy farmers as there is no support from the state and the department, Dr Gill added.

Director, Medical Education and Research, Dr Jaikishan said creating awareness about tuberculosis among dairy farmers was the key to control spread of the disease. “There should be a provision of free diagnosis followed by distribution of medicine to the dairy farmers with bovine suffering from tuberculosis,” he said.

Even the directly observed treatment (DOT), under the revised national tuberculosis control programme (RNTCP) for humans, is futile till the time the government frames a clear-cut policy to curb tuberculosis in animals.

As Dr SK Jindal, professor and head department of pulmonary medicine at PGIMER, Chandigarh, said: “Animals act as reservoirs of mycobacterium that causes TB and it is most common opportunistic infection amongst people living with HIV/AIDS.”

Referring to the declaration made by the WHO to eradicate TB by 2050, Dr Jindal said a combined initiative should be taken by the departments, supported by a foolproof system of diagnosis and treatment in humans and animals.

Former Vice-Chancellor, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Dr LS Chawla and Dr Simrat Sagar Singh, Dean, COVS, GADVASU, were also present.

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City Concerns 
Honest officers deserve appreciation
Ludhiana Tribune has sought reactions from the public wherein Maj GS Benipal (retd), a tehsildar, was beaten up inside his office, recently. He had only “refused” to go out of the way to register their revenue document. This is what a cross section of city residents has to say on the issue.

Maj GS Benipal has been victimised for being an upright and honest officer. This has exposed the political pressures being put on honest officials like him. This has made common man insecure. Major Benipal has become an embodiment of a true soldier. A fair and speedy probe is needed to book the culprits and expose the nexus between them and politicians. Now the time has come to get united and stand up against such malpractices and unruly behaviour. Undoubtedly, Major Benipal deserves appreciation from the state government and public.

Dr RS Jhanji , Khanna

Faith in democracy eroded

The beating up of an officer has eroded public faith in the democracy. What sort of leadership these young politicians provide to the nation incase they don’t respond to such ghastly incidents? Innocence, truth and honesty are mere casualties, every day. An enquiry was conducted only after a few employees’ unions pressurised the government. It is difficult for a layman to understand the report submitted by the probing agency. Now, a few sympathisers of the accused agitated in their favour on the grounds that they were being falsely implicated. Alas! We have stooped to an abysmal point and it would continue till the system is revamped and responsibility fixed.

Swaran Singh Sanehi, Phillaur.

More Benipals needed

I have been following the news of Maj Benipal. It is shameful for the SAD to have goons as their party men. The country needs more Benipal’s to clean up the rotting system encouraged by corrupt politicians. Isn’t government sensitive? Not a single politician from the SAD visited the victim. Isn’t their absence castigating them too?

I think Benipal should become the rallying point for pursuing the matter of the officer’s security and lesser public interference.

Amarjit Gill, Ludhiana

Stop obliging  politicians

It is fact that beating up of a government official that too on duty is a criminal offense and must be dealt severely and guilty be punished.

However, such incidents could be avoided if one remains vigilant and is able to tactfully handle the situation. It is a fact that the deputy commissioner’s office is den of corruption and revenue department is the most corrupt one. Common man can’t get his work done without greasing the palm of the officials. A few months ago, suspended tehsildar Verma had confessed that at least Rs 7.50 lakh is daily collected in sub-registrar’s offices and distributed among senior officers. Even in this two councillors had gone to Benipal’s office to get the work of someone done. May I ask IAS and PCS officers and technocrats not to oblige politicians and goons for any out of turn favour at the cost of general public? Now, the time has come to say ‘no’ to political bosses. Officers, too, must be tactful in handling tricky situations.

Sher Singh, Ludhiana

Seek legal recourse

The attack on a public servant by two SAD councillors and their men is really condemnable and must be dealt with sternly. What was the reason behind this incident is still not clear. However, nobody is above law and such conduct is not expected from elected representatives. Let us not forget that most of the government offices are dens of corruption. A common man has to face lot of harassment and inconvenience in getting the genuine work done. He has to go through middlemen or grease the palms of the officials concerned to have things accomplished. Rather than resorting to violence the people should choose democratic ways to lodge their protests or take recourse to legal actions if they are wronged by any government official.

Dr JS Chug, Ludhiana.

No one above law

Attack on Major Benipal was a shame on our system. I think more shameful is what that took place afterwards. The administration was forced to register the case and arrests the accused only after revenue officials went on strike. Is this system works only when people raise hue and cry over the issue? No apology was tendered or statement issued from the government’s side. Isn’t government sensitive towards the issue? No SAD politician has visited the victim so far. Isn’t their absence castigating them too? I think Benipal should become the rallying point for protesting against the Neros of Punjab and a strong message should sent that no one is above the law. Does the state government have any answer?

Rajesh Bhatia

State of ‘thugs’

This incident makes me feel that Punjab, nowadays, being ruled by thugs. I live in the USA and work as an engineer. The respect I get from my fellow Americans make me proud to work in a foreign country. We cannot change roads and development in Punjab. But, the law and order and respect for others don’t need Budget from the finance minister. I have great respect for Akali Phoola Singh. And I have great shame for today’s Alkali’s. If I rather go beyond this unfortunate incident, it reinforces my belief that we are yet a developing living species and nothing more. Humans, even with average genetics, have a certain way to behave towards other.

Karamvir Singh, Manchester 

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Petrol station dealers threaten statewide stir 
Tribune News Service

Machhiwara, July 9
A large number of dealers associated with Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) threatened to launch a statewide stir if the supply of petrol was not streamlined within a week.

The dealers also threatened to start agitations in Delhi and Chandigarh and would also rope in dealers of the adjoining states.

Pump owners Kasturi Lal Mintu and Harjinder Singh Lakhowal said:”There are 62 petrol pumps associated with BPCL in Ludhiana out of a total of 1,200 across Punjab. These pumps have not been getting the required supply of petrol for the past one and a half years. Moreover, things have worsened over the past three months.”

Against a supply order of 24,000 litres of diesel, we get only 4,000. Customers are at the receiving end due to inadequate supply, the dealers rue.

The dealers said they would launch an agitation from Chandigarh and if the problem was not solved then they would hand over the keys of their petrol pumps to the company officials.

Company officials, when contacted, washed their hands off the problem by saying the consumption of diesel in Punjab had increased manifold due to regular long-duration power cuts as compared to the previous year. 

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BJP councillors stage dharna 
Seek transfer of Jt Commissioner over contaminated water
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 9
BJP councillors and the Deputy Mayor today staged a dharna outside the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation Commissioner's office to protest against the contaminated water being supplied in various parts of the city.

Led by councillor of ward number 22 Sunita Fanta, a number of BJP councillors and Deputy Mayor Sunita Rani held a sit-in, demanding transfer of Joint Commissioner of Zone A.

The agitating councillors said that residents of Sardar Nagar, Bal Singh Nagar, Kabir Nagar, Basti Jodhewal and Sarba Nand Colony were receiving contaminated water for the last few days, but the authorities were not listening.

The protesters alleged that Joint Commissioner Mohinder Pal had laughed off at the water bottle filled by some residents with contaminated water being received in taps. He had said that the water looked like “jal jeera”, they alleged.

They said when the health of city residents was at risk, the official was trying to laugh off the matter. When the councillors were sitting on dharna, city Mayor, Hakam Singh Gyapsura reached the spot. He went around the areas in Ward number 22 and listened to the problems of the people.

Gyaspura said the problem would be rectified soon. He said the problem was due to mixing of sewerage water with the water being supplied to the affected areas. After the Mayor's intervention, the councillors lifted the dharna. The protesters said they had postponed the protest for the time being. 

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Industries body decries politicians, bureaucrats 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 9
The Federation of Association of Small Industries of India (FASII), Punjab, has held politicians and bureaucrats responsible for the pitiable condition of the city.

“Being the citizens of Ludhiana, the Manchester of India, we feel ashamed at the state of infrastructure in the city,” rued members of the association.

Chairman of the Punjab chapter of the association Badish K Jindal said: “In the absence of rains, there is no power and if it rains, other problems like broken roads, blocked sewerage and heaps of garbage crop up. The politicians and bureaucrats, both were responsible for these pathetic conditions of the city.”

Jindal said: “The Local Bodies Minister was not efficient enough to handle four major departments, but it was a political compulsion that allowed him to enjoy this opportunity.”

“Everyone knows about the capability and ability of the Mayor, but again it is the political system and we feel that the Mayor should resign or should be removed as he has failed to improve the living conditions in the city,” said Jindal.

He pointed out that there was a dire need to rope in the multi-national companies on contract basis for cleaning the sewerage and roads.

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Juneja to streamline LIT functioning
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 9
After taking over the charge of his office, the newly nominated chairman of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) Ashok Juneja has decided to streamline the functioning of this institution. It is easier said than done if the mess, in which the Trust presently finds itself in, is any indication.

With a large number of cases pending in subordinate and appellate courts, consumer disputes redressal forum at the district, state and the national level, blanket ban on allotments and a number of inquiries being conducted into a few questionable allotments as well as allegations of corruption and other irregularities against employees and officials, not to mention the controversial City Centre Project, the Trust has achieved the dubious distinction of remaining in the news for all wrong reasons.

In the face of all this, the resolve of the new chairman to convert the Ludhiana Improvement Trust into a body which should be receptive to the problems of the people and bringing transparency into its working, seems to be a challenging task, if anything.

Talking to The Tribune here yesterday, Juneja said: “I have given them a week’s time to dispose off all pending files on merit basis and submit the report at the earliest. Any further delay will attract disciplinary action against them.”

Priority of the Trust, he maintained, will be to dispel the general feeling in public that the work could not be got done without greasing the palms of officials. “I will personally see to it that no file gets delayed at any level in the Trust. A system is being evolved under which each pending file will have a movement sheet on which each dealing authority will record the date and time of its receipt and disposal. Anyone found withholding the file for whatsoever reason will be held accountable.” 

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Firms’ gifts only sale gimmicks
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 9
Beware customers! In case you get a call from an insurance company that you have won a prize or your name has been chosen for a free insurance policy, think twice before going to avail the "benefits".

People from various sections of society here have complained about several insurance companies, which lure the clients with an assured gift or free insurance if they purchase a scheme from them.

What is observed is that most of their “targets” are rural people, who come from far-off villages to collect the "gifts". Few agents dare sell their policies/schemes to educated people as they, agents feel, might create trouble after listening to their entire "plan" which is obviously aimed at procuring business.

Sukhvir S.Grewal, a government teacher, was asked to come along with his wife to collect a gift offered by a company on the Mall Road."I went to the office on June 25, where I was asked to collect the gift and understand an insurance policy. After wasting two hours, I returned empty-handed as I did not agree to purchase the policy. I was not the only person visiting them, people from places like Jalalabad were also called by these tele-callers," Grewal alleged.

An agent disclosed that these were marketing gimmicks adopted by certain companies. "On an average, each agent is asked to make 10-15 calls to people in villages, who are an easy target. But they come at their own sweet will.

We do not impose schemes or plans on them. Handing over the gift or not is a company's prerogative," said the agent.

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CM told to fulfil journalists’ demands

Ludhiana, July 9
The Punjab Chapter of the Indian Media Centre (IMC) has urged the Punjab Chief Minister to accede to the long-pending demands of the journalists in Punjab.

The IMC has urged the CM that the Press Accreditation Committee must be constituted with immediate effect as there was no such committee for the past nine years.

They added new accreditation policy of the state must be formed in view of the expansion of the media in the past about 15 years in Punjab. The journalists working at sub -division level should also be included in the policy. At present, accreditation of the journalists is not done properly and systematically.

The other demands include provision of free travel facility upto 2,500 km in a year to all journalists, including sub-editors, besides a pension scheme. — TNS

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Body of 7-yr-old girl found 
Tribune News Service

Khanna, July 9
A body of seven-year-old girl, with badly mutilated face was found near Samrala flyover here.

Some passerby detected the body near his farm and informed the police about the same.

He said a foul smell was emanating from the area and when he went ahead to enquire the origin of the smell, he detected the body.

Senior police officials, including SSP, Khanna, SP, Khanna, DSPs, Khanna, and area SHO reached the spot.

They said a girl, Pooja (7), had been missing from near the grain market area for the past four days.

The body was identified by her family members, who are putting up in hutments near the grain market. They had come from Rajasthan in search of work in the grain market few days ago and since then their child was reported missing.

The body was brought to the civil hospital, Khanna, for a postmortem.

The officials said a case in this connection would be registered after recording the statements of area residents. They said it seemed to be a case of rape and murder.

It was pertinent to mention that this was second such incident in the past few months wherein a girl child was found raped and murdered. 

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Status quo on ammo depot 
Demolition sword on marriage palaces, houses
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

A warning board put up to discourage construction outside the Baddowal Ammunition Depot in Ludhiana.
A warning board put up to discourage construction outside the Baddowal Ammunition Depot in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, July 9
Sword is hanging on thousands of residents of many villages and colonies within 1,000 metres of 17-Field Ammunition Depot, Baddowal, near here following the High Court directive that the depot would not be shifted.

The court had recently issued the orders on a petition filed by marriage palace owners and colonisers on Ferozepore Road near Baddowal, praying for shifting of the ammo depot on the plea that thousands of houses had come up in the area.

They had prayed that with the location of the depot that stored arms and ammunition, not only the residents of these colonies and villages but also the entire Ludhiana was sitting on a powder keg. Hence, they wanted the depot be shifted to a safer place.

With the fresh court directive, several residents in Baddowal, Ayali, Threeke, Detwal and Jhande villages and several colonies, including Green City, Canadian Enclave, Baba Nand Singh Nagar, portions of Avtar Nagar and Raja Gardens, are having sleepless nights.

They are fearing demolition operations by the district administration similar to those taken up in 2001. At that time, the administration had bulldozed a number of marriage palaces and houses that were dangerously closed to the ammo depot.

Most of the structures within 1,000 metres of outside the parapet of 17 FAD had come up after 1983, when the depot was notified. Warning boards were also put up on all four sides of the depot, stating that any construction activity was banned in the area as it could prove fatal for humans living in the area in case of an exigency.

Still, new colonies came up and in the villages also. Residents raised structures not caring two hoots for the warnings. A number of marriage palaces, commercial establishments, schools, educational institutes, houses, farm houses and a number of religious places stand unauthorised in the area.

The administration now faces a tough task of clearing the area having investments worth crores by different people. In the process, it would have to render homeless a number of people.

ADC (G) Kuldeep Singh said he was yet to look into the case file. The structures falling within the limit were yet to be identified. ‘‘We will soon decide about their fate,’’ he said. 

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A silent fight for justice
 Sessions Judge seeks report from jail authorities for torturing convict

Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, July 9
Taking a note of serious allegations levelled by a family of murder convict against the jail authorities, the Sessions Judge G K Rai has sought a report from the Superintendent of Central Jail, Tajpur Road, Ludhiana.

The court has sought the report on July 13 in connection with murder convict Bablu Thekedar hailing from Bihar.

Tears were rolling out of the eyes of old-aged Kala Wati, mother of the murder convict, who was standing outside the court of the Sessions Judge, bearing placards along with family members to attract the attention of the higher authorities.

Family members of this murder convict were showing resentment against the jail authorities while practising Gandhigiri. They were standing silent. Their silence was able to move the authorites for action, which was seen when the Sessions Judge sought report.

People were coming and reading the matter written on the placards, which were hanging around the necks of these family members. In the handwritten placards, it was mentioned that their family member, undergoing sentence in a murder case, was being meted out with an inhuman treatment. Their voice was not being heard by the authorities concerned.

Kala Wati said, “I am concerned about the safety of Bablu. I came to know about the inhuman treatment meted out to him when I went to jail to know his well being. I, along with other family members, had come from Bihariganj village, Medhyapura district, Bihar, and have decided to fight for justice”, she added.

Sanjay Kumar, brother, and Munni Kumari, sister, of murder convict had also joined the issue with other family members. The jail authorities could not be contacted despite best efforts. 

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Punjab swimming championship from today
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, July 9
The 25th Sub-Junior and the 34th Junior Punjab State Swimming and Water polo Championship for boys and girls in the age groups of 15-17 years, 13-14 years, 11-12 years and 9-10 years would be held at the Punjab Agricultural University swimming pool from July 10 to 12, said Apinder Singh Grewal, president, Punjab Swimming Association. Competitions in all the national events will be conducted during the three-day meet.

Players born in the years 1992, 1993 and 1994 are eligible for the junior age group (15-17 years), 1995, 1996 for the junior age group (13-14 years), 1997 and 1998 for sub-junior age group (11-12 years) and those born in the years 1999 and 2000 are eligible for the sub-junior age group (9-10). While, players born in the year 1991 or later are eligible to take part in the water polo championship in the boys section.

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